Conference Board of Canada Report: “The arrival of automated vehicles (AV’s) is imminent”

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RESOURCE TITLE:  Automated Vehicles: The Coming of the Next Disruptive Technology

PUBLISHER & DATE: Conference Board of Canada, 2015

SUBMITTED BY: Kristin Kozuback, USC Board Member

As a Board member with USC and as someone fairly new to the Unmanned Ground Systems industry, I realized that to better support our members in this sector and our UGV Student Competition Committee, I need to get up to speed quickly about the state of land-based automated, autonomous and electric vehicles.

Though published in 2015, this Conference Board of Canada 2015 report Automated Vehicles: The Coming of the Next Disruptive Technology predicted: “The arrival of automated vehicles (AV’s) is imminent.”  Reading that experts estimate that as AV’s can reduce collisions, provide fuel cost savings, and avoid or reduce congestion we can expect:

“the economic benefit of adopting AV’s could total over $65 billion per year.”

This joint report was developed by the Conference Board of Canada report and USC association member CAVCOE (Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence).  They were heavily involved in the research, writing and promotion of the strategic report for The Conference Board of Canada back in 2015, and continue to lead Canada research and development in this growing unmanned vehicle sector.

Automated Vehicles: The Coming of the Next Disruptive Technology provides valuable insights into:

  • The current status of the UV industry (and its rapid growth)
  • Significant social, environmental and economic benefits of adopting automated vehicles
  • The need to improve collaboration and planning between industry and all levels of government in five priority areas to maximize UV potential.  

In my role with USC, I look forward to learning more from our UGV industry members to find ways to help address key recommendations in the report, such as:

“To encourage the creation of a Canadian ecosystem to compete for a share of the global market for AV software, parts, and components—or at least ensure that we are not erecting barriers to this happening organically.” (p. 58).

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USC is working to increase collaboration among industry leaders, researchers and government. We’d like input from our USC members and the broader community as we envision:

  • Launching an Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV) Working Committee to connect USC members and industry stakeholders in this sector together.
  • Developing a national strategy to respond to and advance the CBoC report recommendations

Get involved today! 

Contact USC Board member Barrie Kirk (our UGV Student Competition Project Manager and UC18Vancouver panel speaker moderator)  [email protected]  or more information about:

1. Sponsorship opportunities for upcoming UGV events
Help raise awareness of UGV and AV’s by sponsoring ‘The Future of Mobility’ Panel at #UC2018 Vancouver or the first annual national UGV Student Competition (next May in Ottawa, ON). 

2. Register now for UC18Vancouver!
Be sure to attend the ‘Future of Mobility’ Panel on Day 1 and the other UGV break-out sessions during our 3-day national conference and trade show. Learn more about UC18Vancouver here

3. Join the USC committee organizing Canada’s first UGV Student Competition
This inaugural UGV Student Competition will be held in Ottawa from May 26 and 26th. Want more details? Contact Barrie Kirk, our Project Manager

4. Send us your research and UGV/ AV news!
We strive to highlight USC member news and success stories first, but welcome all resource submissions to continue informing – and expanding – the automated and unmanned vehicle community.  Email your resource suggestions to [email protected]